Feb. 5, 2013
USC (8-13, 5-5) vs. WASHINGTON STATE (8-13, 4-6)
6 p.m. (PT) Friday Feb. 8
Beasley Coliseum (11,671)
WASHINGTON STATE HOSTS USC FRIDAY FOR COUGS WAVE PINK: Washington State welcomes USC to Beasley Coliseum, 6 p.m. Friday for a Pac-12 Conference contest. Washington State will be holding its annual Cougs Wave Pink game in support of Breast Cancer Awareness.
NEXT UP: The Cougars will host No. 17 UCLA at Noon, Sunday. Next weekend, WSU hits the road to face the Oregon schools, Oregon State Friday and the University of Oregon, 4 p.m. Sunday on Pac-12 Networks (Washington).
LISTEN IN: Fans can follow the Cougars during the regular season on Pullman's KHTR (104.3 FM), KQQQ 1150 AM or go to WSUCougars.com and listen to with a subscription to Cougar All Access. Steve Grubbs will be calling the play-by-play for the Cougs this season.
COUGAR ATHLETICS ON THE WEB: Connect with Washington State University Athletics on the web at WSUCougars.com, the official website of Cougar Athletics. Fans can follow along on the Cougars Gameday page at http://www.wsucougars.com/sports/w-baskbl/spec-rel/gameday.html.
FOLLOW THE COUGS ON TWITTER: Follow Washington State women's basketball on twitter @WSUWomensHoops and head coach June Daugherty @CoachJuneD.
ABOUT USC: USC enters the week with an 8-13 overall record and 5-5 in Pac-12 Conference play after dropping a pair of contests to University of Utah and University of Colorado last weekend. Cassie Harberts paces USC and is third in the conference in scoring at 18.5 ppg and is eighth in rebounding at 7.6 rpg. Head coach Michael Cooper is in his fourth season at USC.
RECAP: JAN 13 MEETING IN LOS ANGELES: Washington State suffered a 61-59 defeat to USC after the Trojans hit two free throws with .8 seconds remaining at the Galen Center Jan. 13. A controversial foul was called after a pair of players collided while battling for a loose ball and USC's Ariya Crook sank both free throws to clinch the win. Tia Presley scored a game-high 25 points and Lia Galdeira added 14 for the Cougars. WSU scored 18 points off of 23 USC turnovers while the Trojans connected on 20-for-24 trips to the free throw line. Cassie Harberts led USC with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
RECAP: LAST SEASON'S MEETING IN PULLMAN: Washington State dropped a 65-54 decision to USC in last season's regular season finale played in Beasley Coliseum. Brandi Thomas led the Cougars with 17 points and eight rebounds while Rosie Tarnowski and April Cook added 11 and eight points, respectively. USC had three players score in double-figures led by Ashley Corral's game-high 25. Washington State limited the Trojans to 35.1 percent shooting and forced 14 turnovers but surrendered 22 points in the paint and shot 32 percent in the second half. The Trojans went 21-of-34 at the free throw line.
RECAP: LAST SEASON'S MEETING IN THE PAC-12 TOURNAMENT: WSU knocked off No. 3 seeded USC 69-55 in last season's quarterfinal round of the Pac-12 Tournament. The No. 11 seed Cougars became the lowest seed to advance to the semifinal round in Pac-12 conference tournament history. Three Cougars scored in double figures led by April Cook who finished with 15 points while Jazmine Perkins and Rosie Tarnowski added 12 and 11 points, respectively. Rosetta Adzasu notched six points, seven assists and didn't commit a turnover. USC owned a 51-36 rebounding advantage but the WSU defense held the Trojans to 26.2 percent shooting and scored 22 points off of 17 turnovers. Washington State shot 44.6 percent from the field including 10-of-20 from behind the arc.
SCHEDULE RANKED The NO. 30 TOUGHEST IN COUNTRY: Washington State enters the week having played the No. 30 toughest schedule in the country. Earlier this season, the schedule ranked the ninth-toughest after the Cougars went on the road to face nationally ranked Louisville, Big East Conference member Syracuse, Minnesota, Gonzaga and a neutral site game against South Dakota State. WSU has posted home wins over nationally ranked Ohio State and WCC-preseason favorite BYU.
GALDEIRA NAMED FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK FOR A THIRD TIME: Following another impressive weekend, Lia Galdeira picked up her third Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honor of the season, the conference office announced Monday. Galdeira averaged 20.5 ppg and 7.0 spg for the Cougars who beat Arizona State University and the University of Arizona over the weekend. It's WSU's first road sweep of the Arizona schools since 1994-95. The freshman guard scored 20 points, grabbed eight boards and recorded seven steals in the 54-43 victory over Arizona State Friday before posting 21 points and seven steals in the 60-50 win at Arizona, Sunday. Galdeira scored 12 points in the second half against the Wildcats, including six straight that sparked a deciding 19-4 run to give WSU its first win in Tucson since 2009. It is the third weekly accolade for Galdeira this season after earning Freshman of the Week honors on consecutive weeks in December. Galdeira's three weekly honors matches the most in a single season by a Cougar since Jenni Ruff did so during the 1995-96 season.
PRESLEY OUT FOR SEASON WITH KNEE INJURY: Tia Presley will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a torn ACL in her right knee in the final minutes of the Jan. 25 loss to the University of Oregon. The sophomore guard was second on the team in scoring at 13.3 ppg and in steals with 41 and owned a team-high 52 assists. During Pac-12 play, Presley was eighth in the conference with a team-best 15.7 ppg and was shooting 47.7 percent through seven games. Presley scored in double-figures 12 times this season including 20+ performances against Monmouth (21), at UC Riverside (22), Arizona State (27) and at USC (25). The Spokane, Wash. native did a little bit of everything in the win over Ohio State, recording eight points, seven rebounds, seven assists and three steals. Last season, Presley scored in double-figures five times and made 15 starts before a foot injury kept her out of the final 12 games.
NOYES SETS BLOCKS RECORD, CLIMBING GAMES PLAYED LIST: Katie Appleton's record for career starts of 110 and is closing in on Jazmine Perkins' record for career games played of 122. Noyes enters Friday's game with 109 career starts, 115 games played and as the Pac-12's active leader in career blocks.
COUGAR DEFENSE MAKING ITS MARK: The WSU defense has turned some impressive performances this season and enters the week fourth in the conference in three-point defense, holding opponents to 28.3 percent. This season, the Cougars have made 15+ steals in a game three times, forced 20+ turnovers 10 times, allowed less than 60 points six times (Wisconsin, BYU, Ohio State, Gonzaga, at Arizona State, at Arizona) and held 12 teams under 36.0 percent shooting (vs. South Dakota State, Monmouth, Wisconsin, BYU, Ohio State, at Gonzaga, Arizona State, at USC, at Washington, Oregon, at Arizona State, at Arizona).
YOUTH MOVEMENT: Washington State owns six freshmen on its roster and has received more and more from its first-year players during Pac-12 play. Guard Lia Galdeira paces the team in scoring and steals and has scored in double figures 18 times including three straight 20-point scoring efforts. In conference games, forward Mariah Cooks and guard Taylor Edmondson have produced while coming off the bench with Cooks averaging 6.4 ppg and Edmondson adding 6.1 ppg. Dawnyelle Awa started at point guard in place of Presley the last three games and delivered seven points, four assists, six steals and zero turnovers in the win over Oregon State, six points and four assists at Arizona State and six more assists in the win at Arizona.
COUGARS KNOCK OFF No. 20/19 OHIO STATE: Washington State's 62-55 victory over Ohio State Dec. 15 was the Cougars first win over a ranked opponent since beating No. 22 Arizona 93-86 in Pullman Feb. 10, 2001. Its was the first win over a top-20 opponent since upsetting No. 18 Oregon 67-64 in Pullman just less than a month prior, Jan. 20, 2001.
GALDEIRA EARNED TWO STRAIGHT PAC-12 WEEKLY ACCOLADES: Lia Galdeira tallied consecutive Pac-12 Conference Freshman of the Week honors in December. Galdeira earned her first award after scoring a game-high 15 points in the win over No. 20 Ohio State. The Kamuela, Hawaii native also grabbed six rebounds and finished 6-for-6 at free throw line including four that came in the final 20 seconds. She picked up her second career honor after leading the Cougars in scoring in road contests against No. 14 Louisville and Syracuse. The guard scored 13 points and made three steals at Louisville before posting 16 points and a team-best six rebounds at Syracuse while also hitting a pair of threes. It's the first time in program history that a Cougar has won a weekly award in consecutive weeks and it's the first time WSU has had a player receive multiple weekly accolades in a season since Jenni Ruff earned three weekly honors during the 1995-96 season.
GALDEIRA OPENS CAREER WITH BIG NUMBERS: Lia Galdeira made history with her 33-point point performance in the double-overtime season-opening loss at Minnesota, setting a WSU freshman record for points in a game in addition to her five steals. The Kamuela, Hawaii native broke the previous record of 28 points shared by Nikky Mohr (Puget Sound, 11/26/83) and Jazmine Perkins (Northern Colorado, 11/28/08). She was later named to the Best Buy Classic all-tournament team after posting 12 points, six rebounds and three steals in the overtime defeat to South Dakota State. Galdeira followed that weekend with her first career double-double, 11 points and 13 rebounds, to go along with six assists and six steals in her home debut against Monmouth. In her first rivalry game against Washington, she posted a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
FIVE CONFERENCE GAMES TO BE TELEVISED: Five of WSU's Pac-12 Conference games will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks. The game at UCLA, both games against the University of Washington, Jan. 15 and 20, the Feb. 17 game at the University of Oregon on the Pac-12 Networks Oregon/Washington and the regular-season finale at home against Stanford University, Feb. 26 on the Pac-12 Networks. Every WSU home game will be webstreamed on Pac-12.com during the 2012-13 conference season.
PAC-12 TOURNAMENT MOVES TO SEATTLE: With its new partnership with Force 10 Sports Marketing, LLC, the Seattle Sports Commission and Seattle Center, the Pac-12 Conference will bring the Pac-12 Women's Basketball Tournament to KeyArena in Seattle in 2013. The new agreement, which runs through 2015, moves the tournament to the first full week in March to strengthen television windows and maximize national exposure. ESPN2 will televise the championship game, while all other games will be carried nationally on the Pac-12 Networks.